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Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon ordered to jail by July 1

Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court to learn if or when a judge will order him jailed on June 6, 2024 in Washington, DC.

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., at a hearing Thursday ordered former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon to report to jail by July 1 to begin serving a four-month sentence for his criminal conviction for contempt of Congress.

Judge Carl Nichols’ order came three weeks after federal prosecutors urged him to lift the suspension of Bannon’s sentence pending an appeal of his conviction for failing to comply with a subpoena from a House committee investigating the crimes. Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.

A federal appeals court panel, in a unanimous May 10 ruling, upheld Bannon’s conviction in the case.

At Thursday’s hearing, Bannon’s attorney, David Schoen, reacted emotionally to Nichols’ order.

“One thing you have to learn as a lawyer is that when the judge has made his decision, you don’t get up and start yelling,” Nichols said, according to NBC News.

“I’ve had enough,” the judge said as Schoen continued speaking.

The lawyer responded: “I’m not yelling.”

“You’re sending a man to prison who thought he was following the law, we don’t do that in my system,” said Schoen, who argued that Nichols’ ruling was “contrary to our justice system.”

Nichols responded, “I think you should sit down.”

Outside court, Schoen told reporters: “The decision is wrong in many ways, it is a horrible decision.”

He said Bannon’s appeal should be accepted by the Supreme Court. Schoen has argued that Bannon was not guilty of contempt because Bannon’s attorney at the time had advised him not to comply with the House subpoena.

Bannon told reporters Thursday: “I have excellent lawyers and, if necessary, we will go all the way to the Supreme Court.”

“There’s nothing that can shut me up and nothing that can shut me up,” he said. “There is no prison built or jail built that can ever silence me”

As Bannon walked away, one protester shouted, “Lock them up!”

“You are a coup plotter!” the protester shouted. “It’s a failed hit!”

It is possible that Bannon’s prison sentence could be suspended by an order from the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, or by the United States Supreme Court.

But Bannon’s hopes of getting a stay of his sentence or a reversal of his conviction in either of those courts are, legally speaking, a long shot.

In March, Peter Navarro, another former adviser to former President Donald Trump, began serving a four-month federal prison sentence after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of his conviction for refusing to comply with a House subpoena. January 6th. committee.

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